3075
3075
A LIMESTONE BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT
BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2ND HALF OF 15TH CENTURY
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3075
A LIMESTONE BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT
BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2ND HALF OF 15TH CENTURY
Estimate
100,000150,000
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A LIMESTONE BUST OF A FEMALE SAINT
BURGUNDY, FRANCE, 2ND HALF OF 15TH CENTURY
carved in high relief as a bust of a woman, probably one of the three Marys or a female saint from an Entombment group, wearing a veil and a wimple, with the drapery elegantly covering her head, neck and shoulders, the hem of her cloak suggesting a row of buttons and embroidered decoration, her heavy eyelids lowered in a downcast gaze, evoking a sense of sadness, her round face further articulated by fleshy cheeks, a small nose and pursed lips
52 by 46 by 23 cm, 20 1/2  by 18 1/8  by 9 in.
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Provenance

A French private collection.
Acquired in Paris.

Catalogue Note

Large-scale Entombments and Pietas with multiple figures became popular devotional monuments in the second half of the 15th century, carved for churches through Burgundy and Languedoc. An early example is the group carved by a disciple of Jean de la Huerta, c.1460, in the Côte-d'Or, Dijon, Hôpital du Saint-Esprait (Jacqueline Boccador, Statuaire Médiévale en France de 1400 à 1530, Zoug, 1974, vol. I, p. 277, fig. 289). Another is the Entombment group in relief, from Allier, Souvigny, in the Church of Saint-Peter and Saint-Paul, c.1480-1490, carved in a Burgundian-Languedocian workshop (Boccador, 1974, vol. II, p. 76, fig. 81).

The closest stylistic comparison, however, is the Entombment group made by the so-called Maître de Chaource, active in the late 15th and early 16th century. The rounded facial types, with sad expressions and elaborate veils, are all reminiscent of our relief. Whilst depicting a Biblical scene which shows Christ and his followers in the most human way, the figures in these scenes still embody the elegance of Gothic sculpture – young idealised faces, rich dresses and an excess of fabrics.

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